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[Sep 15] From Guinea - Bissau, president
ousted in coup (and some key
facts). From Mexico, developing nations' delegates walk
out of final session. From Colombia, rebels
kidnap tourists. "To anyone growing up in a developing country,
is very visible." New Times columnist David Brooks as party
hack and sociologist.
Why the term fascist appears to be making
something of a comeback. Real Washington meets reality
television. "It is cold comfort that in attempting
to silence traditional morality, guilty consciences will never be
stilled." On rediscovering the natural
law in a post - Christian world. Conservatives
warn Catholic bishops of growing
dissent. On turning a college
into a university. If you know what a Delaney
card is, you probably grew up in New York. And diplomacy is a difficult
and subtle art. But one must try to do one's part
[Sep 12] From Hong Kong, why Tung Chee Hwa may help lead China towards democracy. From Germany, remembering Adorno's legacy. From Romania, racing to rescue cartoon Bibles. From god-knows-where, the text of Osama Bin Laden's tape recording. On the murder of Sweden's Anna Lindh and the EU referendum (and a profile). On the difference between Democrats and Republicans. You have been warned: Communism hasn't collapsed in the USA. Inside the Indymedia Collective, passion vs. pragmatism. On reviving the Catholic church's social doctrine for the 21st century. Another 10 Commandments monument--but this one's ok. Is America dying? Or is it being murdered? Clive James on the good of a bad review. As logins get more complex, people may be the ones in need of a memory upgrade. And do you suffer from "dyscalculia"? You're not alone
[Sep 11] From Lebanon, on the prerequisites for progress. From France, adjusting to the growth of Islam. Is the neocon agenda for Pax Americana losing steam? And what to do with Iraq's oil wealth. "After a fling with this wily ideology one is left realizing that the intoxicating goddess was more like a cheap prostitute." You can call Jeremiah and Ben "Surfers for Jesus". On Georg Lukacs and the undermining of American values. From the American Family Association: "We would like to remind everyone that they need to be on guard against pornography's addictive lure." Paul Weyrich on being torn between the union and God. From Salon, the world press on the legacy of 9/11. And Oliver James says girls are losing their virginity younger than ever... but that's a good thing
[Sep 10] From Swaziland, king faces increasing disaffection. From Saudi Arabia, why the crisis of Arab liberalism is sharper than that of Westernization. From Singapore, a former pro - communist speaks. Poland takes control of part of Iraq. More on the Colorado GOP proposal to diversify education. Psychology Today on the new sex scorecard. On the battle ahead in the field of economics. Our desire to holiday in an earthly paradise has created a hell for those we shut out. An excerpt from Against Love: A Polemic. Why solitary pleasure is the only reason for reading. From Salon, why The New York Times ruins Bush's breakfast (and why National Review ruins Krugman's) Take the "Britishness test". Evangelicals buy the story of Armageddon. And another sign the end of civilization is upon us
[Sep 9] From South Asia, on God and the future of the rupee, and how fares secularism in India? in Pakistan? From Venezuela, you don't betray family or abandon comrades unless you are a renegade. Colorado GOP takes on leftist education through affirmative action. Uwe Siemon-Netto, UPI Religion Editor, on his worried Muslim friends. On a kind of September 11th in 1901. More on Father Walter Ong. Whatever happened to David Stockman? When a peer suggested homosexuality as a topic for a class project, Victoria Matthews was surprised. What would Jesus eat? On Bustamante and MEChA: The fear of a brown planet. And women sue for equal rights in Florida
[Sep 8] From Russia, what's at stake in the coming parliamentary election? (And on the "estate" it is in). From the Philippines, on the art of getting away with practically anything by waxing philosophical. From Nepal, on heading towards anarchy, and the practice of isolation known as Chhaupadi (maybe Seasonale can come to the rescue). On a level of second - class citizenship wholly inconsistent with American values. "Many of the most unbalanced people I have ever met are those who have devoted themselves to healthy eating." Obituary: James Rachels. You can find a bioethicist who thinks just about anything. And "Religion? Phoo-ey: Society has been hurt far more by philosophy" (though it can help you feign mental illness)
[Sep 5] From Egypt, on the social impact of increasing internet use. Scientists say terror attack on grid would collapse US. Bush switches signals on Iraq, Europe yawns. While Americans are the most productive workers, Germans are lazy (and their women are hairy too!) Is neo - liberalism dead in Latin America? More on the philosophy radio show from Stanford. What do philosophers talk about in the morning? Do they really love wisdom, or are professors at their best when faking it? On deconstructing the basis of what makes humans look human. Slate on a book about monogamy and its discontents. Radical Middle means class - based affirmative action. And an interview: "And what about the Leninists? -Fuck the Leninists"
[Sep 4] Obituary: Donald Davidson. From Great Britain, radical changes in government communications hand back authority to civil service. From Pakistan, op-eds on human rights and on globalization and equality. Bronislaw Geremek on EU integration. On the price of apathy to politics. On the NEA as the US' fifth column. It’s official: America now has a dummy President. The Old Testament wars: Is the Bible history or fiction? The American Empire: The roots of the idea and the goals of the country. A look into the demented, tortured liberal mind. Ever since 'The Vagina Monologues' men have been scampering for a response. And do you need help grading student papers?
[Sep 3] From Fiji, finding a model of reconciliation. From Vietnam, suffering an intellectual crisis. An assertion: Much can be learned from Plato's Allegory of the Cave. On the elements of the Washington Consensus (and part 2, part 3, and part 4). From Yellow Times, imitations of fascism are not a form of flattery, men are cruel but Man is kind, and Pecos Bush rides an Iraqi tornado. First new U.S. Catholic university in 40 years opens. There's an uncivil war taking place in an Atlanta suburb. Reflections on a country at peace with itself. There's a 'slim' chance asteroid will hit Earth in 2014. And want to combat the epidemic of obesity? Bring back home economics!
[Sep 2] From New Zealand, Maori anger leads to calls for a new party. From China, on the most fundamental requirement for morality. Alan Wolfe of Boston College: "Right now the bottom line is that sexuality is nobody's business, but marriage is public." Pop goes the Bible: The New Testament meets Cosmo. Political parties shift emphasis to core voters. On the latest outputs of South Africa's Truth Commission. On David Horowitz's academic freedom. Is it just wishful thinking or are we perhaps gearing up to bid farewell to post - modernity? On the advent of Christian feminism. Neocons admit they've blown it: is the draft next? Internet giants catch on to blogs. And short reflections on summer jobs
[Sep 1] Obituary: David Truman. From Peru, truth panel report upsets military. From Egypt, why Marxist predictions have been fulfilled--at least in part. From Pakistan, on the killing of Hambali. From Nigeria, on diversity of thought in the development of sharia, and on the triumph of diplomacy in Sao Tome and Principe. From Angola, parliament approves new flag. From Romania, hippies and capitalists clash over culture. On the Iraqi philosopher's stone, and on history, religion, power: understanding Iraqi Shiites. On the danger of losing The Andrei Sakharov Archives and Human Rights Center. Does internet voting mean the end of democracy? On the myth and misery of oil. In Vienna, a new view of Wittgenstein home. And a lecture on the pleasures of reading
Todorov and his new book The New World Disorder: Reflections of a
European. Former Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin asks,
went wrong? New book debunks conservatives’
call for color - blind society. National Review on 9/11
as the end of 'The End of History'. "The message from on high
seems clear. Religion
is dead. Long live science." Radio Havana interviews Chomsky.
A cautionary tale about Medicare.
How people power can create
a better world. A new kind of declinism
makes a comeback. On assassination as a tool
of statecraft. William Greider resists
cynicism. A review
of Nature via Nurture. Elle, a magazine of beauty, fashion
and style, describes the latest
book by Virginia Postrel as a "must - have
on Against Love. And who is more Hollywood, Arnold
Philip Pettit (ANU): Akrasia,
Collective and Individual pdf. From Political
Studies, John S. Dryzek, et. al., Environmental
Transformation of the State: the USA, Norway, Germany and the UK,
and Rein Taagepera (UC- Irvine): Arend
Lijphart's Dimensions of Democracy: Logical Connections and
Institutional Design pdf. From The
Dalhousie Review, excerpts from Colene Bentley
Literary Form, and How to Read Politically; Michael Hymers (Dalhousie):
Pessimism and Politics; and David Braybrooke (Texas): The
General Theory of Absurdities in Daily Life and Politics. Gopal
Philip Bobbitt's Shield of Achilles. From The Humanist, on
and the quest for a sustainable world, and on Ethics:
time to revisit the basics. A profile of Michael
Polanyi. And “ya goot ta be toooof” so
don't talk like a twit
[Sep 12] Bruce Baum (British Columbia): Millian Radial Democracy: Education for Freedom and Dilemmas of Liberal Equality pdf. From Cultural Logic, recently - minted PhDs on Praxis and the Danger: The Insurgent Ontology of Antonio Gramsci, and on The Sociopolitical Limits to Fantasy: September 11 and Slavoj Zizek's Theory of Ideology. Review of many books from the UK's Royal Institute of International Affairs pdf. Comments on the Brights movement: from NPR (and a response), and from Beliefnet. A review of Environmental Justice. From Metapsychology, a review of Intuition: Its Powers and Perils, and a review of Alterations of Consciousness: An Empirical Analysis for Social Scientists. And "I got off the bus because his loud claptrap was making it hard for me to concentrate on the gripping story which I was reading"
[Sep 11] Debating Free Trade: Trade liberalization is often compared to a bicycle -- unless it keeps moving forward, it tips over. An excerpt from Joseph Stiglitz's Globalization and its Discontents. On a whistle - stop tour through the global justice movement. From TCS, why the protesters should love the WTO, and Daniel Drezner explains what's new about global trade (check out his blog, too). On what the have nots have to have. Globalization means free trade, right? From the Cato Institute, developing countries betrayed by EU and USA. YaleGlobal on finding common ground. Is Oxfam right to insist that increased access to Northern markets is a solution to the Third World's problems? And Kirkpatric Sale on the illusion of progress
[Sep 10] From Sapienta, Bob Plant (Aberdeen): Pluralism, Justice and Human Vulnerability: Misappropriations of Wittgenstein; Robert Wavre (York): Gauthier and Constructing Morality from Non - Moral Sources; and Sean McGough (Birmingham): Postmodernism and the Deconstruction of Social Explanation: The Frightened Cries of a Child pdf. "Political theorists have long regarded themselves as the elite of the profession of political science": A review of Making Babies, Making Families. Why, on the subject of Hegel, Popper and Russell cannot be trusted. A review of Joel Feingberg's Problems at the Root of Law. On Duke's "dizzy" dean, and a letter about leftist Anti - Semitism. A review of Mental Health: A Philosophical Analysis. A review of Darwinian Happiness. And how to find a college that's a good fit
[Sep 9] Avishai Margalit (HUJ): On Compromise and Rotten Compromise: Homage to Isaiah Berlin pdf. A new issue of Humanitas is out, including articles on a comparative study on Kant, Hayek and Habermas, ethics and the common good, and a meditation on the medieval mind pdf. From the Yale Political Quarterly, a student essay on Kant vs. Locke on the right to rebel, an introduction to feminist economics, and a review of The New Political Culture. Why the WTO is irrelevant, and more on Emmanuel Todd's Après l'Empire. A review of Peter Schuck's Diversity in America. And you can now access The Hate Directory: Hate Groups on the Internet
[Sep 8] On Globalization and its consequences: Kanishka Chowdhury (St. Paul): It's All Within Your Reach: Globalization and the Ideologies of Postnationalism and Hybridity. Two articles on globalization and militarization (and slavery too). On the coming of the First World debt crisis. Bob Barr on a precedent that should alarm those who value American sovereignty. Is the EU a means of extending Vatican sovereignty over Britain? A critique of the citizens from nowhere. A review of The Postnational Self. Educate yourself: Read the Utley Guide to the National Characteristics of the Peoples of Europe. Get the practical primer for the conscientious traveler. And a purple patch from Joseph Nye
[Sep 5] Book reviews: From the Claremont Review of Books, Harvey Mansfield reviews Dissent and Philosophy in the Middle Ages, a review of Alan Dershowitz's A Declaration of Independence, and reading up on (17!) books on Islam. From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, a review of Philip Kitcher's In Mendel's Mirror, a review of What Genes Can't Do, and a review of Fairness: Theory and Practice of Distributive Justice. A review of Reinventing the Male Homosexual: The Rhetoric and Power of the Gay Gene. A review of Departing from Deviance: A History of Homosexual Rights and Emancipatory Science in America. A review of Law and Democracy. And is the New York Review of Books non - partisan?
[Sep 4] Three articles by Grahame F. Thompson of Open University: (1) Toleration and the Art of Governance: How is it possible to "live together" in a fragmenting International system?, (2) 'Corporate Governance and Democracy. The Stakeholder Debate Revisited', and (3) 'The future of globalization' pdf. From The Phi Beta Kappa Society, a series of speeches and essays on the humanities and the liberal arts and sciences. A review of Walter Williams' Reaganism and the Death of Representative Democracy. And purple patches from Bernard Brodie, Ernest Gellner, Franz Fanon, Fred Halliday, Albert Hirschman, George Orwell, Jean-Paul Sartre, and EP Thompson
[Sep 3] Andreas Føllesdal on Global Justice and Moral Education and on the Need for Moral Reasoning: Moral Education in the Process of Modernization. Tanja A. Borzel (Heidelberg): What can Federalism Teach Us About the European Union? pdf Essays in anthropology: Kenelm Burridge on the concept of culture reviewed pdf; Timothy Mason (Paris 8): Lice, Men, and the Origins of Humanity; and an article on the role of French structuralism pdf. The Center for the Study of Popular Culture releases a report: Political Bias in the Administrations and Faculties of 32 Elite Colleges and Universities. And introducing k.i.s.s. of the panopticon, or "why cultural theory sometimes sucks"
[Sep 2] Mario Diani (Trento): Social Movements, contentious actions, and social networks: 'from metaphor to substance'? pdf. Markus Mervola (Tampere): ‘Banging the head against the brick wall’: A Little Critique of Cosmopolitan Democracy doc. Liberal Education on the ethics of peer review, and toward "genuine reciprocity": reconceptualizing international liberal education in the era of globalization. Law reviews debate ways to make sure more minority students are selected. A review of BHL's biography of Jean-Paul Sartre. A review of books on monasticism. And from Disinfo, three short reviews of Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius.
[Sep 1] Conservative Commentary: Why the term "Labor Day" is a misnomer. Jack Kemp on compassionate capitalism. On the truth about truthout.org. A few words about liberals, on the non - existence of black conservatives, and a lament. "We need a new revolution. We need it now to undo the consequences of the last one." Laura Ingraham on the elites' anti - religion obsession. From Zenit, on globalization's challenges for Christians, and a primer on Hamas. On being a Christian libertarian. More on the Berkeley study on conservatives, and why the Left hates the Church. Why Christianity is to Leftists what America was to the Soviet Union. Are Republicans real men or thieves? And salvation isn't doled out like welfare -- you've got to make a conscious effort to obtain it